MOJAVE DESERT AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
 
 
Rule 301
Permit Fees
 
 
 
Adopted: 07/09/76; Amended: 01/07/77;
Readopted w/o Changes: 07/25/77; Amended: 11/20/89;
Amended: 01/01/90; Amended: 10/23/94; Amended: 03/24/97; Amended: 09/28/98)
 
 

(A) General

  1. Purpose
    1. This rule sets forth the fees required for various permit activities required pursuant to the provisions of Regulation II - Permits and Regulation XIII - New Source Review.
  2. Applicability
    1. Any person subject to the provisions of Regulation II - Permits or Regulation XIII - New Source Review shall pay the fees set forth in this rule.
    2. Federal, State or local governmental agencies or public districts shall pay the fees to the extent allowed pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 2, Division 7, Title 1 of the Government Code (commencing with Section 6103); Part 4, Division 26 and Part 6, Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code.
  3. Limitations
    1. Revenue derived from permit fees shall be limited as required by Chapter 4 of Part 4, Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code.
(B) Requirements and Procedures
  1. Fees, as specified herein, are required for the following activities relating to permits:
    1. The filing of a new permit application.
    2. The evaluation of new or modified sources.
    3. The issuance of permit(s) to construct.
    4. The issuance of permit(s) to operate.
    5. The issuance of duplicate or modified permits required by any of the following circumstances:
      1. Loss or destruction of a permit.
      2. Change of equipment location to a site other than that described in the permit.
      3. Transfer of ownership of the permit.
      4. Alterations or additions to equipment as listed on the permit.
    6. Annual permit renewal.
  2. Fees shall be paid when due as specified herein.
    1. If the fee is not paid within sixty (60) days of the due date the holder of the permit shall be notified by first class mail (postage prepaid):
      1. That the permit has been suspended for non-payment of fees and is no longer valid; and
      2. That continuing to operate with a suspended permit is a violation of District Rules & Regulations.
    2. If the permit is suspended for more than thirty (30) days the APCO shall terminate the permit for non-payment of fees and notify the permit holder, in writing, of such termination.
  3. Reinstatement of Suspended or Terminated Permits
    1. A suspended permit may be reinstated by payment in full of all fees.
    2. A terminated permit may only be reinstated by the submittal of a new application, accompanied by payment of all previously accrued fees, and the payment of any new fees which would apply to a similar new application.
  4. Refunds
    1. No claim for refund for any fee required by this rule shall be honored unless such claim is submitted within 90 days after the fee was paid.
    2. Fees established as surcharges are not refundable and are assessed in addition to the schedules established for permit fees. Surcharges are assessed and applicable as specified herein.
    3. Certain fees, or portions of fees, as specified in this Rule are non-refundable.
  5. Pro-rated fees
    1. Upon application, the APCO may pro-rate any of the following fees:
      1. Initial Permit Fee;
      2. Annual Permit to Operate Renewal Fee;
      3. Permit to Construct Renewal Fee.
    2. Pro-rated fees shall be calculated based upon the fees and fee schedule in effect on the date of application for the pro-rated fees.
(C) Fees
  1. Filing Fee
    1. Except as otherwise provided, any person who applies for the issuance of a permit shall be assessed a fee of $183.75. This filing fee shall be submitted with the application.
    2. The filing fee is non-refundable and shall not be applied to any subsequent application.
    3. Applications shall not be accepted unless they are accompanied by the filing fee.
  2. Project Evaluation Fee for Complex Sources
    1. Any person who submits an application on or after January 1, 1986, which is related to projects to construct or modify any of the following shall be assessed a project evaluation fee for complex sources.
      1. Equipment associated with landfills;
      2. Equipment associated with resource recovery projects;
      3. Equipment associated with energy cogeneration projects;
      4. Equipment associated with electrical power plants;
      5. Other permit units subject to the provisions of District Rule 1303(B); and
      6. Hazardous and toxic material and/or waste disposal or treatment facilities.
    2. A deposit of $6,500.00 to be applied toward the project evaluation fee for complex sources shall be paid within 30 days of written notification by the District that the application is subject to this fee.
    3. The project evaluation fee for complex sources shall be based on the District's total actual and reasonable labor time and other reasonable expenses for the evaluation required to develop a permit to construct and/or permit to operate.
      1. This fee shall be calculated at a labor rate of $55.00 per hour plus actual expenses.
      2. The fee shall accrue and be applied against the deposit.
      3. Should the District's costs as calculated pursuant to subsection (i) above not exceed the deposit, the remainder of the deposit will be returned to the applicant.
      4. Should the District's costs as calculated pursuant to subsection (i) above exceed the deposit the excess will be billed to the applicant.
        1. The applicant shall be notified, in writing, of the amount of any such excess fee and the due date for payment of the fee.
        2. An accounting of costs and written notice to the applicant shall be issued to the applicant at least quarterly.
    4. Actual expenses of the District include consultant services which are engaged by the District for the purpose of project evaluations. When project evaluations are performed for the District under such a contract, the applicant will be assessed fees for the actual total and reasonable costs incurred by the District staff to oversee, review and approve the evaluation as well as the actual cost to the District of the contractor evaluation.
    5. The provisions of Section (B)(2) do not apply to this fee. If the applicant fails to pay the project evaluation fee for complex sources when due the APCO shall, after written notice to the applicant, cancel the application.
  3. Initial Permit Fee
    1. Except as otherwise provided in this Rule, any person who applies for a permit shall, upon notification that the application has been approved, be assessed the initial permit fee for the issuance of a permit to construct or permit to operate in the amount prescribed in schedules set forth herein.
      1. For applications containing mutually exclusive alternative construction scenarios the APCO may, upon written request of the applicant, assess an alternate initial permit fee. Such alternate initial permit fee shall not be less than the highest initial permit fee for any single alternative scenario set forth in the application and shall not be more than the sum of the initial permit fees for all alternative scenarios set forth in the application.
    2. After the provisions for granting permits as set forth in Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code and these Rules and Regulations have been complied with, the applicant shall be notified, in writing, of the amount of the fee to be paid for issuance of the permit.
      1. Notice may be given by personal service or by mail, postage prepaid.
  4. Annual Permit to Operate Renewal Fee
    1. Permits to operate shall be renewable, upon payment of fees, one year after the date of issuance.
    2. The annual permit to operate renewal fee shall be calculated pursuant to the schedules herein.
    3. Thirty days before the anniversary of the date of issuance of the permit to operate, permittee will be notified by mail of the amount of annual permit fee due and the due date for payment of the fee.
  5. Permit to Construct Renewal Fee
    1. Permits to construct may be renewed, upon payment of fees, pursuant to the provisions of District Rule 201.
    2. The permit to construct renewal fee shall be calculated pursuant to the schedules herein.
      1. For applications containing mutually exclusive alternative construction scenarios the APCO may, upon written request of the applicant, assess an alternate permit to construct renewal fee. Such alternate permit to construct renewal fee shall not be less than the highest permit to construct renewal fee for any single alternative scenario set forth in the application and shall not be more than the sum of the permit to construct renewal fees for all alternative scenarios set forth in the application.
    3. Permits to construct automatically expire two years after the date of issuance, unless the application is canceled pursuant to the provisions of District Rule 205.
    4. Thirty days before the anniversary of the date of issuance of the permit to operate, permittee will be notified by mail of the amount of annual permit fee due and the due date for payment of the fee.
    5. When construction is completed prior to the expiration of the permit to construct, the initial permit fee will be prorated to credit the permittee for the time remaining on the permit to construct. The permit to construct may thereupon act as a temporary permit to operate pursuant to the provisions of District Rule 202. The anniversary date of the issuance of the Permit to Construct will become the issuance date of the Permit to Operate.
  6. Change of Location or Ownership Fees
    1. Permits, pursuant to the provisions of District Rule 209, are only valid for the location specified in the permit.
      1. Any person who applies for a permit requesting a change in the location of equipment included on a currently valid permit shall surrender the currently valid permit to operate for the equipment and be assessed an initial permit fee.
      2. The person will be notified by mail, postage prepaid, of the amount of the initial permit fee due as a result of the change of location and the due date for payment of the fee.
      3. The APCO may, upon the applicant's written request, waive the initial permit fee.
    2. Permits, pursuant to the provisions of District Rule 209, are only valid as to the person named on the permit.
      1. Any person who applies for a permit requesting a change of ownership of equipment included on a currently valid permit shall be assessed a transfer fee of $105.00 for each permit being transferred from one person to another.
      2. The filing fee set forth in Section (C)(1) are waived for applications solely requesting a change of ownership.
      3. The transfer fee for applications solely requesting a change of ownership is due at the time the application is filed.
    3. Any person submitting an application for a permit requesting a change of location and/or change of ownership which also requests alterations, additions or revisions to the permit shall be assessed either the fees set forth in this Section or in Section (C)(7) whichever is greater.
  7. Alteration, Addition or Revision Fees
    1. Any person who applies for a permit requesting alterations, additions, or revisions of the permit resulting from a change to equipment included on a currently valid permit shall be assessed a permit revision fee.
    2. The permit revision fee shall be calculated as follows:
      1. If the alteration, addition or revision results in an increase in the rating, capacity or the number of units the fee shall be the difference between the previous year's Annual Permit to Operate Renewal Fee and an Initial Permit Fee for a permit which includes the alteration, addition or revision.
      2. If the alteration, addition or revision results in no increase or change rating, capacity, or number of units, no permit revision fee shall be assessed. The reissued permit will retain the same annual permit to operate renewal fee.
    3. Any person submitting an application for a permit requesting a change of location and/or change of ownership which also requests alterations, additions or revisions to the permit shall be assessed either the fees set forth in this Section or in Section (C)(6) whichever is greater.
  8. Fees Applicable when Permit Granted or Denied by Hearing Board
    1. If a permit is granted by the Hearing Board after denial of an application by the APCO or after the application has been deemed denied pursuant to District Rule 215, the applicant shall be assessed the appropriate fees set forth in this Rule.
    2. The applicant shall be notified, in writing, of the amount of the fee and the due date for payment of the fee.
    3. Previously paid fees are not refundable if the Hearing Board denies then issuance of a permit which was granted by the APCO.
  9. Duplicate or Corrected Permit Fees
    1. A request for a duplicate permit or for administrative corrections to a permit, shall be made in writing by the permit holder.
    2. The permit holder shall be assessed a fee of $52.50for issuing each duplicate or corrected permit.
    3. The fee for a duplicate or corrected permit is due at the time the such permit is requested.
  10. Permit Fees for Altered (Modified) Equipment.
    1. Any person operating modified equipment under the authority of District Rule 202(b) shall be assessed a modified equipment fee.
    2. The modified equipment fee shall be equal to the annual permit to operate renewal fee for the previous permit to operate for the equipment.
    3. Thirty (30) days prior to the anniversary of the date of issuance of the previous permit to operate the permittee will be notified by mail of the amount of modified equipment fee due and the due date for payment of the fee.
  11. Previously Unpermitted or Altered Equipment Fee.
    1. When equipment is built, erected, installed, altered, or replaced (except for identical replacement) without the owner or operator obtaining an permit to construct in accordance with Rule 201, the owner or operator shall be assessed a previously unpermitted equipment fee.
    2. The previously unpermitted equipment fee shall be calculated as Fifty percent (50%) of all applicable permit fees which would have been required for each year of unpermitted activity, plus the full amount of all applicable permit fees for the year immediately preceding the year when the permit to operate is granted.
    3. The unpermitted equipment fee is due when the permit to operate is granted.
    4. The assessment of an unpermitted equipment fee shall not limit the District's right to pursue any other remedy provided for by law.
    5. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply if a permit is required solely due to a change in Rule 219.
    6. The APCO may waive the unpermitted equipment fee for good cause upon the written application of the person assessed the fee.
(D) (Reserved)

(E) Schedules for Initial Permit Fee and Annual Permit Fee

Schedule 1, Motor Horsepower: Any emission generating process using motors as a power source shall be assessed a permit fee based on the cumulative total rated horsepower of all equipment in the process train, with the exception of air pollution control or other equipment that may operate independently of the process, in accordance with the following schedule:
 
HORSEPOWER RATING (HP) INITIAL AND ANNUAL PERMIT FEE
(a) Up to and including 40 HP  $229.95
(b) 41 to and including 200 HP $78.75 plus $3.78 per each HP
(c) 201 to and including 1,000 HP $475.65 plus $17.96 per each 10 HP
(d) Greater than 1,000 HP $1,373.40 plus 8.98 per each 10 HP
Schedule 2, Fuel Burning Equipment: Any emission generating process in which fuel is burned, for the production of useful power, except for engine driven generators used for the intermittent production of electrical power not for resale, shall be assessed a permit fee based upon the design fuel consumption of the equipment expressed in British Thermal Units per hour, (BTUH), using gross heating values of the fuel, in accordance with the following schedule:
 
BRITISH THERMAL UNITS  
PER HOUR (BTUH)
INITIAL AND ANNUAL PERMIT FEE
(a) Up to and including 250,000 BTUH $78.75 plus $111.30 per each 100,000 BTUH
(b) 250,001 to and including 1,000,000 BTUH $199.50 plus $63.00 per each 100,000 BTUH
(c) 1,000,001 to and including 4,000,000 BTUH $593.25 plus $23.63 per each 100,000 BTUH
(d) 4,000,001 to and including 10,000,000 BTUH $782.25 plus$18.90 per each 100,000 BTUH
(e) 10,000,001 to and including 100,000,000 BTUH $2,157.75 plus$51.45 per each 1,000,000 BTUH
(f) Greater than 100,000,000 BTUH $5,990.25 plus$13.13 per each 1,000,000 BTUH
 
Schedule 3, Electrical Energy:  Any emission generating process which uses electrical energy, with the exception of motors covered in Schedule 1, shall be assessed a permit fee based on the total kilo volt ampere (KVA) ratings, in accordance with the following schedule:
 
KILOVOLT AMPERE (KVA) INITIAL AND ANNUAL PERMIT FEE
(a) Up to and including 45 KVA $211.05
(b) Greater than 45 KVA $201.60 plus $0.21 per each KVA
 
Schedule 4, Incinerator Equipment: Any equipment designed and used primarily to dispose of combustible refuse by wholly consuming the material charged leaving only the ashes or residue shall be assessed an initial and annual permit fee based on the maximum horizontal inside cross sectional area, in square feet (SF), of the primary combustion chamber. The fee shall be $211.05 plus $13.65 per SF.

Schedule 5, Stationary Containers: Any stationary tank, reservoir, or other container with the exception of stationary storage tanks covered in Schedule 6 herein, shall be assessed a permit fee on the following schedule of capacities in gallons or cubic equivalent:

 
GALLONS (GAL) INITIAL AND ANNUAL PERMIT FEE
(a)Up to and including 10,000 GAL $201.60
(b) 10,001 to and including 100,000 GAL $175.35 plus$2.63 per each 1,000 GAL
(c) 100,001 to and including 2,000,000 GAL $386.40 plus$5.15 per each 10,000 GAL
(d)Greater than 2,000,001 GAL $1,155.00 plus $13.02 per each 100,000 GAL
 
    Schedule 6, Retail Gasoline Dispensing Equipment:  Any gasoline fueling equipment, except bulk terminals which are subject to Schedule 5, at a single retail location, including stationary gasoline storage tanks, dispensers, and vapor recovery systems where required, shall be assessed an initial permit fee of $78.75 plus $42.00 per gasoline dispensing nozzle and annual permit fee of $78.75 plus $28.35 per gasoline dispensing nozzle.

    Schedule 7, Miscellaneous Permit Fees:  Permits to operate the following equipment shall be assessed an initial permit fee of $204.75 and an annual permit fee of $204.75 with the exception of 7(h) which will have both initial and annual fees of $183.75.

    1. Each permit of a dry cleaning plant.
    2. Test Stand, Intermittent.
    3. Spray coating equipment operated outside of a control enclosure.
    4. Vapor degreasing equipment using non-photochemically reactive organic material only.
    5. Portable abrasive blasting equipment.
    6. Mobile asphalt or coal tar pitch roofing equipment with a capacity greater than 500 gallons.
    7. Internal combustion engines of more than 500 brake horsepower driving electrical generators at facilities normally serviced with commercial power, where the generators are used exclusively as emergency units during loss of commercial power.
    8. Air Pollution Control Devices.
      1. Action systems and conveyors associated with Air Pollution Control devices as defined in this subsection shall not be considered as part of the air pollution control device.
    9. Any piece of equipment which has the potential to emit pollutants, but not included elsewhere in these schedules.

    Schedule 8, Direct-Fired Production Equipment: Any emission generating process in which fuel is burned in combination with other materials for the purpose of producing a salable product, shall be assessed a permit fee based on the total equivalent fuel consumption of the equipment expressed in British Thermal Units per hour, (BTUH), using gross heating values of the fuel plus 2550 BTUH for each horsepower of associated motor driven equipment, in accordance with the following schedule:

 
BRITISH THERMAL UNITS PER HOUR (BTUH) INITIAL AND ANNUAL PERMIT FEE
(a)Up to and including 250,000 BTUH $78.75 plus $111.30 per each 100,000 BTUH
(b) 250,001 to and including 1,000,000 BTUH $199.50 plus $63.00 per each 100,000 BTUH
(c) 1,000,001 to and including 4,000,000 BTUH $593.25 plus $23.63 per each 100,000 BTUH
(d) 4,000,001 to and including 10,000,000 BTUH $782.25 plus $18.90 per each 100,000 BTUH
(e) 10,000,001 to and including 100,000,000 BTUH $2,157.75 plus $51.45 per each 1,000,000 BTUH
(f) Greater than 100,000,000 BTUH $5,990.25 plus $13.13 per each 1,000,000 BTUH
 
Schedule 9, Engine Driven Electric Generators:   Generators used for the intermittent generation of electricity, other than for resale, where such generators provide power at the facility to assure continued operational capability should there be a loss of commercial power and/or to obtain a favorable commercial rate schedule shall be assessed a permit fee based upon the design fuel consumption of the equipment expressed in British Thermal Units per hour, (BTUH), using gross heating values of the fuel, in accordance with the following schedule:
 
BRITISH THERMAL UNITS PER HOUR (BTUH) INITIAL AND ANNUAL PERMIT FEE
(a)Up to and including 250,000 BTUH $78.75 plus $111.30 per each 100,000 BTUH
(b) 250,001 to and including 1,000,000 BTUH $199.50 plus $63.00 per each 100,000 BTUH
(c) 1,000,001 to and including 4,000,000 BTUH $593.25 plus $23.63 per each 100,000 BTUH
(d) 4,000,001 to and including 10,000,000 BTUH $782.25 plus $18.90 per each 100,000 BTUH
(e) 10,000,001 to and including 100,000,000 BTUH $2,157.75 plus $51.45 per each 1,000,000 BTUH
(f) Greater than 100,00,000 BTUH $5,990.25 plus$13.13 per each 1,000,000 BTUH
 
Schedule 10, Stand-By Equipment: Equipment used exclusively to provide continued operation of a process during maintenance or repair of an existing piece of regularly permitted equipment, shall be assessed an initial and annual permit fee of Fifty percent (50%) of the appropriate fee schedule for that type of equipment or $183.75, whichever is the greater.

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